Page 2 of WhereAreWe Travel Blog Posts

After about 10 hours of travel, we're here. It was 10pm by time we made it to our room, but we were all very hungry. We had a quick Italian dinner at Casa Tua. The hotel seems very nice, the rooms certainly are. I'll report more tomorrow sorry so short. ... read more

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 7th 2016

This morning the rain had finally stopped. We walked over to the Mezquita (former mosque turned into a church in the 16th century). We did not have time to go inside but walked around the courtyard and had an upclose look at the bell tower. We then walked across the Roman bridge which still sits on its 1st century foundation. There is a nice triumphal arch at the end of the bridge as well as an 18th century plague monument. Next, we had a 3.5 hour drive to Madrid. Lots of winding roads and high speed limits; Sandy enjoyed the drive... Diana not so much. We had lunch in Madrid, tapas at Taberna Origen. They were delicious, we had a variety of different tapas and they were great. Next, we headed over to the Royal Palace. ... read more
Roman bridge Córdoba
Bell tower Mezquita
Beneath bell tower Mezquita

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba May 6th 2016

This morning we picked up pastries for breakfast on our walk over to the Flemenco museum in Sevilla. It was a relatively small museum, but explained some of the history of the dance. It took us only about 30 minutes to go through. We then headed out to Córdoba. Once we checked in to our first Air B&B, which is quite nice, we headed for lunch at Taberna Salinas. This restaurant was recommended by a couple of people, and it turned out to be excellent. We had Salmorejo (a thick, room temperature tomato soup topped with ham and boiled eggs), lightly battered and fried eggplant, spinach roll, and a fresh tomato, onion, potato, egg, pepper and tuna salad. We shared the 3 plates of food and were plenty full. It continued to rain (at times quite ... read more
Spinach rolls/fried eggplant from Taberna Salinas
Tomato salad/Salmorejo from Taberna Salinas
Arab bath house

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville May 5th 2016

We started off this day at a leisurely pause for a change. We walked for a mile to the highest rated churro place we could find nearby. What a great breakfast! They were fluffier than Barcelona's and instead of being served with sugar they came with a cup of chocolate dipping sauce; like really thick hot chocolate. Our touring started off with a little luck, we purchased a Sevilla card which got us in to most of the attractions we were interested in; we were also able to skip the long lines for the Real Alcazar de Sevilla and Sevilla's cathedral (Santa Maria de la Sede) by joining a guided tour. It was very interesting to see the mix of Arabic architecture with Renaissance and baroque styles. The cathedral is the largest in Europe and has ... read more
Alcazar in Sevilla
Courtyard/gardens at Alcazar in Sevilla
Alcazar in Sevilla

Africa » Morocco May 4th 2016

Today the ferries were running to Morocco! We caught a 9am ferry on the FRS a 40 minute ride from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco. We were concerned about motion sickness because the winds were still quite strong and the water was choppy. It ended up being a fairly smooth ride. Once arriving in Morocco, our tour guide Aziz had a driver meet us at the port. He took us to meet Aziz. We were first shown around the Kasba (fortress or a protected area) where a lot of the local people live. We then went with the driver around the town and its outskirts. We saw a homes and palaces of kings, sultans, and other extremely wealthy people (including one of the Forbes). We were taken to a beach area where there was an ancient ... read more
Moroccan architecture doorway
Mosque Tangier
Lighthouse in Tangier

Europe » Gibraltar May 3rd 2016

This morning we went to Pileta Caves just a 30 minute drive outside of Ronda, it was a road with lots of curves and beautiful scenery. The first tour was suppose to leave at 10:00 and we arrived right at 10:00 to be informed that we had to wait for at least 25 people to arrive or 11:30 whichever came first. 11:30 it was and we had a group of 16 that went on the tour. We had a very knowledgeable guide and went in with 1 small LED latern for every 2 people. The caves were very impressive with huge stalactites and stalagmites, but the big attraction was the cave paintings which were tens of thousands of years old from the Neolithic period and are some of the oldest cave paintings that have been discovered. ... read more
Gibraltar monkey
Gibraltar monkey

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda May 2nd 2016

After grabbing some fresh pastries for breakfast and a little more walking around in Granada, we loaded up the Volvo and headed for Ronda. I found it to be a nice drive. Ronda is a beautiful small town mostly up on a big hill. Our hotel (apartment) is the nicest and most spacious yet. Windows overlook a beautiful square with a park in the middle. After checking in it was time for lunch; it just so happened that we found ourselves in the area of Tripadvisor's #2 restaurant, but we had no idea what to expect when we walked through the nondescript doors. It was a well decorated fancy place with wood paneling and jazz music quietly playing. This is a fixed price, chefs discretion, multiple course meal. First course: Cheese blintz with goat cheese inside ... read more
Ronda Bullring
Below new bridge
Below new bridge looking up at Ronda

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada May 1st 2016

Granada is the home to the most visited attraction in Spain, the Alhambra. Basically it is a site that had several small military fortifications until the 12th century when it became a very ornate Moorish palace. 100 years or so after the palace was built, the Moorish lost their 7 century rule over the region. Then step in King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (think Columbus) and the christianification began. Fast forward to present time when they have about 7000 tour tickets available per day, 6800 of which are typically spoken for 3 months in advance. As of last night, we didn't have tickets. At the advice of several internet blogs, we woke up at 5:30 and got in line by 5:45 to try our hand at winning 2 of the few remaining tickets. All of that ... read more
Passage through doorways at Nazaries palace
Nazaries palace courtyard
Courtyard of lions Nazaries Palace

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Tarragona April 30th 2016

We had churros again for breakfast because they were so good the first time. We then headed to the airport to pick up the rental car and started on our way to Tarragona. This was a 1.5-2 hour drive. We stopped at the Roman aqueduct which was just outside of town and we were able to walk acros the aquaduct, then walked down to the base of the arches that supports the aquaduct. We then drove into town and had a little trouble finding parking, but ended up in a great spot. We had a Doner Kebap for lunch which was pretty tasty. After that we made our way over to the Roman circus which use to be an area where the chariot races were held. We were able to climb one of the remaining towers ... read more
Tarragona Roman aquaduct
Our little Volvo V40 rental car
View from the tiop of the Roman Circus Tarragona

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona April 29th 2016

Today we headed to the Barcelona cathedral, it was beautiful. There were many small chapels surrounding the large sanctuary. There was the sarcophagus of its patron Saint Euelia, she was a 13-year-old girl who was tortured and crucified on an X shaped cross for her beliefs. After this we went to the Picasso museum. It was interesting, but if we come back to Barcelona again it will be something I don't have to go back and see again. We then went to Mercado de La boqueeria, a market with tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, meets, and seafood. We tried several different things from different vendors for lunch. Next, walked down to Placa Espanya. Here we caught a train that took us to Montserrat. This is a monastery built into the side of a mountain near the ... read more
La Boqueria
La Boqueria
Montaerrat Monastery

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